We all have visited temples which worship our ordinary Deities such as Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama, Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali etc. and they have many other temples in the country.
Ever heard of unique temples worshipping the mighty Ravana or Chitragupta Swamy or even the Deity Dogs? We have some very interesting temples honoring and offering prayers to rare deities.
1. Chitragupta Mahadeva Devalayam, Hyderabad
One of the major attractions of Hyderabad, this temple is dedicated to Chitragupta, the Chief Accountant of Yama who had records of good and bad deeds of peoples’ lives. It is situated in Chatrinaka near Uppuguda Railway Station in Hyderabad in the Indian state of Telangana. It was built by Kayasths nearly 200 years ago, probably in the early 18th century. If you are planning to visit Hyderabad you should also visit the other famous places like Charminar, Golconda Fort and Falaknuma Palace. To know more about tourist places in Hyderabad visit:
Chitragupta is believed to be the “Kula Devta” (or God) of Kayasths and Kayasths served as Finance, Prime Ministers in the kingdom during Qutub Shah’s dynasty.
The temple is at a walking distance from the station and many devotees visit for a special pooja which is carried out on Wednesdays especially for those who are affected by “Ketu Graha Dosha”.
2. The Narada Temple, Davanagere, Karnataka
This shrine was built to pay respect to the Sage Narada or Narada Muni, the supreme devotee of Lord Vishnu. The temple is located in Chigateri, around 50 kilometers away from Davanagere in the Indian state of Karnataka. There is also a Narada temple in Korva, 29 kilometers north-east of Raichur in Karnataka.
Korva is a gorgeous island situated on the banks of the Krishna River and is considered a holy place. Because of the awe-inspiring view of the islands, it not only invites devotees but also many tourists.
3. The Ravana Temple, Ravanagaram, Madhya Pradesh
The 10-headed demon king, Ravana has two temples in Madhya Pradesh in Vidisha and Shajapur districts. Trust is God and this is what the residents of Madhya Pradesh have been following since many centuries.
There is an old idol of Ravana in temple, which was built between 9th to 14th century. The idol is in resting position. Locals worship the deity with great devotion and offer prayers to him chanting “Jai Ravan Baba”. There is also a ritual performed in the village before a wedding is solemnized here. The family visits the temple and offers the first wedding card at the feet of the idol for his blessings. The villagers never burn the effigy and celebrate all festivals except Dussehra.
4. The Bhaarat Mata Temple, Varanasi
One of the must visit destinations in Varanasi, the Bharat Mata Temple is dedicated to our Mother India. Built in 1936, has an attractive map of Bharat Mata on the ground made from marble which showcases mountains, oceans and plains of India. The temple is accessible by bus, rickshaw and is just 10 minutes away from Varanasi Railway station. The temple is visited by 400 devotees every day and over 70% of them are foreigners. To experience Varanasi at its best: http://www.transindiatravels.com/uttar-pradesh/varanasi/tourist-places-to-visit-in-varanasi
5. The Dog Temple, Karnataka
Now this one will really fascinate the dog lovers. We have a dog temple at Channapatna, located on the Bengaluru-Mysore highway approximately 60 kilometers from Bengaluru. The temple idolizes Dogs as deity to honor their trait of faithfulness and offer prayers to them as well. It was built in 2009 and is adjacent to the temple of the village deity. They believe that dogs can stop any calamity and work alongside the goddess. There are many other unusual temples such as the Hidimba temple in Manali, Duryodhana temple and there are also temples dedicated to worship monkeys, cows, rats and the list goes on. Such traditions are still prevalent in India and this is one of the reasons why tourism industry is flourishing in India inviting numerous tourists globally.
Rohit Agarwal is a traveler and a blogger at http://www.transindiatravels.com/. Inspired by the diversity of our country, he pens down the most interesting places to visit for travelers.